2022 Papà Celso Marziano Abbona
This really is the calling card for this impressive estate. Grandpa Celso planted these beautiful vines 75 years ago and every year it is a real highlight. No wonder they were awarded Tre Bicchiere once again for this stunning 2022. Soil is calcareous over blue marl. Brightly fruited, fragrant blueberry, cherry, lavender, violets. Succulent and primary, joyous red fruited palate, floral, herbal with a touch of almond on the back palate. Zip of cherry and pert plum flesh. Just delicious. L&S (Nov 2023)
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Supple and vibrant, displaying a beam of pure raspberry and blackberry fruit flavors, with shades of floral, licorice and mineral notes. Dense and superlong, with a complex, detailed finish. Drink now through 2029. Drinking range: 2024 - 2029 Rating: 93 Bruce Sanderson, The Wine Spectator (Jul 2026)
The Abbona vineyards were first established in the early part of the 20th Century by Marziano and Celso Abbona (father and son) just outside the town of Dolgliani. Famed for it's Dolcetto, it was Celso who first planted the Bricco Doriolo vineyard in the 1950's and it is from here that the estate's flagship wine 'Papá Celso' derives. Rightly heralded as one of Piedmont's greatest Dolcettos, it is wine of elegance, power and harmony, a wine that can age gracefully for many years.
In the mid-sixties the estate passed to Celso's sons Marziano and Enrico and they worked tirelessly to further establish the reputation of their local Dolcetto and bottled the first wines under the family name. In the early 1980's they added holdings in the prestigious Cru's of Barolo Ravera (Novello) and Bricco Barone and Rinaldi (Monforte d'Alba).
Following the untimely death of Enrico in 1999, Marziano's daughter Mara joined the family business and the estate continued it's acquisitions of Barolo vineyards with plots in Pressenda (Monforte d'Alba) and Cerviano (Novello). It was also a time when Marziano was experimenting with a new white wine, Cinerino, made from Viognier, as he had enjoyed great Condrieu and wanted to see if they could replicate the wines in the hills of Dolgliani. Today it has become something of celebrity and is found in restaurants throughout Piedmont.
2007 commemorated the 30th vintage of the Papá Celso Dolcetto and the following year Marziano's youngest daughter Chiara joined the business.
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